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Autumn 2


Year 5 will be focusing on the Titanic over the next half term and will use this as a stimulus across many different subjects. Each pupil will take on the role of a passenger for the duration of the term and will carry out research to find key facts such as their cabin number, destination and class. Pupils will look at the grand design of the ship and will learn about its maiden voyage. We will focus in on the reasons that caused it to sink and we will weigh up the facts and evidence that has come to light since it sunk in a bid to make our own decisions on who is to blame. In our topic lessons, pupils will look into whether or not it was right for social classes to be treated differently aboard the ship and as to whether or not it was right for women and children to board the lifeboats before the men.  


English will be centered around the book called ‘Titanic- an Edwardians Girls Diary 1912 (My Story)’ written by Ellen Emerson White which tells the tale of a young girl aboard the ship. Pupils will learn about letter writing across the term, ending with them writing letters home to loved ones, again form the point of view of their passenger. Pupils will be expected to use a range of grammatical features in their writing and learning and using these will form the basis of our English lessons. Towards the end of the term, we will look at poetry, focusing on using metaphors and similes.

Pupils will continue to take part in separate Grammar lessons each week and will focus this term on subordinate clauses, relative causes, modal verbs, prefixes, suffixes and word classes.

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In addition, spelling is an area that we will work hard every day through learning different spelling patterns before using these in context.


Maths No Problem will continue to be used and will focus on the four operations. Pupils will not only learn how to calculate these but how to apply them to a range of scenarios. Alongside this, pupils will continue to take part in Number and Lightning each week in order to enhance their arithmetic knowledge and confidence. Times tables will remain a huge focus in class as a sound knowledge of these will support the whole of the Maths curriculum. Each child has access to the PIXL times table app and should use this at home to support this.


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Our topic for this term is Forces. Pupils will look at gravity and air resistance, finding out how these work together in everyday life. We will look at the different forces that acted upon the Titanic and how they played a role in its speed and stopping distance. Pupils will carry out a range of experiments to test their predictions and draw conclusion from their results.   

Within this topic, pupils will also look at different mechanisms such as pulleys, levers and gears.

Other subjects:

RE- Incarnation, was Jesus the Mesiah?

MFL- Use of adjectives to describe different nouns and begin to offer opinions

Music- Boom whackers and recognition of notes on a stave

D&T - Can they build a ship that will not sink?

Humanities- Comparing different climates, biomes, map work and comparing different social classes

PE- Invasions games and orienteering

Computing- Using the WWW to research and communicate

Art-  Sketching and Watercolors

PSHE- Kindness


Key dates:

31st October – Halloween disco and special menu

5th November- Bonfire special menu

6th November- Individual school photos

W/C 11th Nov- Anti-bullying week

15th November- Children in Need

10th December- Hospital visit 999 club

11th December- Christmas Fayre

13th December – Christmas jumper day

17th December- Christmas lunch and disco